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Blood Beast from Outer Space (1965)

The Night Caller (original title)
Mutant humanoids from outer space kidnap young Earth females in order to interbreed and save their species from extinction.


John Gilling


Jim O'Connolly (screenplay), Frank Crisp (from the novel by)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Saxon ... Dr. Jack Costain
Maurice Denham ... Dr. Morley
Patricia Haines ... Ann Barlow
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Detective Supt. Hartley
Warren Mitchell ... Reg Lilburn
Stanley Meadows ... Det. Tom Grant
Aubrey Morris ... Thorburn
Ballard Berkeley ... Cmdr. Savage
Marianne Stone ... Madge Lilburn
Geoffrey Lumsden Geoffrey Lumsden ... Col. Davy
Barbara French Barbara French ... Joyce Malone
Tony Wager ... Pvt. Higgins (as Anthony Wager)
David Gregory David Gregory ... Pvt. Jones
Douglas Livingstone Douglas Livingstone ... 2nd R / T Soldier
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... Police Commissioner's Secretary


The inhabitants of Ganymede need to find mates from another world or they will become extinct. They soon discover a suitable breeding stock amongst the females of planet Earth. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Release Date:

November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (colourised version)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


UK prints of the film feature Alan Havens version of the hit instrumental "Image" as its theme. See more »


In the Colorized version, two characters watch a TV news broadcast in colour; colour TV didn't start in the UK until 1967, two years after Blood Beast from Outer Space was released. See more »


[first lines]
Ann Barlow: Dr. Morley?
Dr. Morley: Yes?
Ann Barlow: Come and have a look at this. That's over a hundred miles up, coming in from space.
Dr. Morley: Well, what's the speed?
Ann Barlow: Over ten thousand miles an hour.
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Alternate Versions

The original US release replaced the instrumental theme played under the opening credits with a vocal. There were also a few edits, mainly with regard to the topless pictures in "Bikini Girl" magazine. See more »


Title Music
by Joe Glenn, Larry Greene, Bob Sande
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THE NIGHT CALLER (John Gilling, 1965) **1/2
28 June 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

Low-key but intriguing and generally effective variation on the alien invasion theme (though the script is far inferior to the Quatermass archetype); as a matter of fact, the police procedural tends to be more engaging than the high-falutin' scientific theorizing! Unfortunately, too, some of the dialogue is unintelligible due to the heavy British accents (but, then, the version I watched was accompanied by subtitles in Italian!).

The cast features several familiar British faces (Maurice Denham, John Carson, Jack Watson, etc.); still, as with many low-budget horror films of its era, the lead role was given to an American actor: in this case, John Saxon - who's pretty adequate under the circumstances, with a blonde Patricia Haines (whom I recently saw in the awful VIRGIN WITCH [1972]) as his female co-star. Aubrey Morris, however, is memorable as the scurrilous editor of a 'girlie' magazine - which is used as bait for the alien's female victims (who, as is often the case, has descended to Earth because his own planet has reached saturation point). This element gives way to some typically dry British humor (especially the awkward interrogation of one of the missing girl's simple but cantankerous parents)...but Ballard Berkeley's belated introduction as the Commander steering the operations engaged in the alien's capture can't be taken seriously - in view of his regular appearance as the befuddled Major in the classic TV comedy series FAWLTY TOWERS (1975-79), devised by and starring Monty Python's John Cleese!!

With the imposing figure of the alien generally shown lurking in the shadows or hidden behind heavy clothing and a mask (shades of the giallo subgenre?), its menace is evoked through the creature's adoption of a mellifluous yet sinister 'human' voice; that said, the make-up effects shown intermittently are surprisingly subtle. Even so, the best thing about the film is certainly Stephen Dade's chiaroscuro photography - utilizing some odd angles, particularly during the alien manhunt, obviously inspired by THE THIRD MAN (1949)! The rather uneventful cautionary finale, then, is reminiscent of THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951).

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